Talk: Factors Influencing the Risk of Crash Injury in Adolescent & Young Adults

Event Details

November 26, 2018
4:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: 804-08

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Gisele Litalien
413-545-4631

Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series

The Complexity of Factors Influencing the Risk of Crash Injury in Adolescent and Young Adults

Federico E. Vaca, MD, MPH, FAAAM, Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs in the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine.

Crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. While policy and engineering efforts have been successful in reducing the rates of fatal crashes, many factors (e.g., behavioral, developmental, social, cultural) contribute to the risk of crash injury.  Prevention activities and programs need to thoughtfully consider the breath of factors that can contribute to crashes and crash injury disparities among groups of young drivers.

Dr. Vaca's research has focused on the use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to understand developmental, behavioral, and socioecological relationships associated with racial/ethnic disparities in alcohol use disorders and motor vehicle crash-related morbidity and mortality.